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Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

Senate version of wrongful death bill will be heard on Thursday

Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) is sponsoring SB 6015, the companion bill to the wrongful death bill, HB 2262, heard in the House last week.

The bill would amend the current wrongful death statutes in a few important ways:

  • Removes dependency requirements for claimants;
  • Allows parents to bring an action for children over 18 years old;
  • Expands noneconomic covered damages; and more.

AWC opposes this bill as it would significantly increase a city’s liability and costs associated with these claims. The bill will be heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Thursday, January 18 at 10 am. The House version is scheduled for executive session in the Judiciary Committee at 1:30 pm the same day.

Contact: Loan Bahr or Shannon McClelland.

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